The Traditional Pathway is a two-year curriculum following the completion of general education and prerequisite requirements. The Traditional Pathway in nursing must be completed on a full-time basis.
The Traditional BSN program is a competitive program and program enrollment is limited due to the number of clinical spaces available. Admission into the program is once a year (fall term only) and all general education (except ENGH 302) prerequisites, elective prerequisites, and nursing prerequisite courses must be complete by the end of Mason’s spring term (not summer term) before the program begins (thus courses need to be complete by May 20).
Be aware that completing all prerequisites and meeting eligibility guidelines does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission into the nursing program is competitive. It is extremely important for all applicants to have a backup plan. The CHHS Office of Student Affairs will send decision letters via email by the end of April.
We recommend that all applicants review our Information Session presentations to learn more about important application guidelines and expectations:
In order to be eligible for admission to the Traditional Pathway, all applicants must complete the necessary prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling in the program.
General Education Prerequisites
English Composition (3 cr)
Communication (3 cr)
Literature (3 cr)
Arts (3 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)
General Psychology is required for Mason students
Western Civilization (3 cr)
Global Understanding (3 cr)
Information Technology (3 cr)
Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr)
Electives (7 cr)
Sociology or Anthropology course is recommended
Bioethics (3 cr)
Anatomy and Physiology (8 cr)*
Microbiology (4 cr)*
Human Lifespan Development (3 cr)
Statistics (3 cr)
Nutrition (3 cr)
*For Traditional applicants, Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology coursework cannot be more than five years old by the time of BSN enrollment. For fall 2017 admission, courses must have been completed during or after fall 2012. Courses completed during the spring or summer 2012 semester will not meet this requirement.